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Rigelhof, Terrence Frederick (1944-)

Terrence Frederick Rigelhof, born on April 24, 1944, in Regina, completed a BA at the University of Saskatchewan and studied at St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, in training for the priesthood. He withdrew from this program but completed a theology degree at the University of Ottawa in 1967, and received an MA in Philosophy from McMaster University in 1968. Subsequently, he lectured at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has taught Humanities and Comparative Religion at Dawson College in Montreal since 1974. Rigelhof has published three novels and a collection of short stories; his novel Badass on a Softail and his collection of short stories Je t’aime, Cow-boy have been translated into French. He is best known for his artistic memoir A Blue Boy in a Black Dress, which was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award in 1995. Rigelhof regularly writes book reviews for newspapers and journals, and published This is Our Writing, a critique of major Canadian literary figures, in 2000. He has written a biography of George Grant, his professor at McMaster, and following a stroke in early 2003, he published Nothing Sacred: A Journey Beyond Belief (2004), which expands on his 1995 memoir.

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